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Karlsen heard on tape talking about son's death
Waterloo, N.Y. -- For the first time, we are hearing recorded conversations with a Seneca County man accused of murdering his own son for the insurance money. The recordings will be used in Karl Karlsen's trial.
Cindy Karlsen secretly taped conversations with her husband Karl about his son Levi's death. The conversations were played Monday night on ABC's Nightline. You can listen to the tapes at this link.
Levi was found dead in 2008, pinned under a car he was working on. Prior to the death, Karl Karlsen had taken out a $700,000 life insurance policy on Levi, and Levi had signed a handwritten will leaving everything to his father.
Cindy Karlsen agreed to wear a wire because she and police believed Karlsen had intentionally dropped the car on Levi.
On the recording, Cindy Karlsen is heard saying: "I asked you if you pushed the truck, and you said yes."
Karl Karlsen is heard responding: "I didnt push the truck, I said. No, I said I had nothing to do, but I said I took advantage of the situation once it happened."
The prosecution will use those recordings at trial and says they are crucial to their case. Karlsen has pleaded not guilty to murder and insurance fraud. His trial begins next month.